The Fight for Voting Rights Continues as Key Legislation is Stalled in the U.S. Senate


FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, singing "We Shall Overcome," President Barack Obama, third from left, walks holding hands with Amelia Boynton, who was beaten during "Bloody Sunday," as they and the first family and others including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, left of Obama, walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a landmark event of the civil rights movement. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Key voting rights bills, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote are stalled in the U.S. Senate as the Democratic and Republican Senators are divided on the issue. If passed, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act aims to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required pre-clearance from the Department of Justice for any changes to voting laws in states with a history of voting rights discrimination. The Freedom to Vote Act would give more people opportunities to vote by making Election Day a national holiday, allowing a federal standard for voting by mail and drop boxes, allowing states to have early voting for at least two weeks prior to Election Day, as well as broaden the types of identification that’s acceptable for states that require IDs for voting.

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